Amazing. We did the gentle self guided walking tour of the Northern coast. Ballycastle to Portstewart. The accommodation were wonderful. The walking guide easy to file. Transfers (Sam's taxi) fabulous. I cant think of anything that could be better This trip overflowed my bucket list. This company is extraordinary
Review by Mobine11 months ago
Just walked Wicklow Way in Ireland and everything was organized flawlessly by Hillwalk Tours. Very satisfied with everything. We will for sure be back.
Review by Jind Zendman1 year ago
Amazing! 5 star service with 5 star accommodations. Great walking, views, food, friends. Our trip to Ireland with Hillwalk Tours was truly magical. The company could not have done more to make sure we enjoyed the trip. The accommodations were lovely, the views spectacular and the events were well planned. Thank you so much, and see you next year
Review by Mufasa Derrow1 year ago
Everything was well-planned and explained in the packet they sent to us. We loved the hotels and B&Bs, and everyone along the way was so helpful. This was our first walking tour ever and it was nice knowing that someone (not me) had thought of everything before we left. I never felt like I had to worry about accommodations or anything. We were able to use the information to get from place to place, but also to make changes as needed. Will definitely book with them again!
Review by LassiAlice1 year ago
While the setting was amazing and the accommodations very, very nice, the main reason I am rating Hillwalk so high has to do with the level of support they provide their walkers. A few days before we were set to start our walk, my partner tripped and sprained an ankle - and we were worried she could not continue. While the Dr told her to stay active, we just weren't sure that walking 8-10 miles a day would be possible. it was too close to the start date to cancel so I asked the team at Hillwalk for contingency plans - and ideas on what to do if the planned route was too difficult. They were very good about sharing ideas and options, checked in with us constantly to see how things were going and if there was anything more they could do to make our trip worthwhile. It was nice to know they were willing to work with us in a way that helped us salvage this portion of our holiday and have a grand time on the Antrim Coast. I also heard from several of our B&B hosts that Hillwalk was the best company to work with from their side - most professional and organized. Which was good to hear as well. The route notes were extremely detailed - no way anyone could get lost - and the logistics of luggage transfer and pick-ups all went smoothly. We are already making plans for our next walk with Hillwalk!
Review by Baffa Maudarbocus1 year ago
I walked the Kerry Way / Southwest Ireland between July 15 and 25 in the ‚challenging‘ version. It was perfectly organized by Hillwalktours. The selected B&B‘s, the information package, the direct and personal contact to the staff - there is virtually nothing to criticize.
Since the weather was unexpectedly very good my trip was fantastic.
@ hillwalktours: Keep this high standard and continue working in this way! Thanks very much!
Michael from Reichshof, Germany
Review by Norgely1 year ago
This was our first time booking this type of vacation. The hike, scenery, bed and breakfasts and the lovely people that ran them we’re fantastic; Hillwalk somehow was the cherry on the proverbial ice-cream sundae of this whole trip. After it was over, my husband and I (who are well traveled - work in the airline business) couldn’t have put together something like this. Every last detail, from their selections of BnB’s, luggage delivery, to the detailed information packet and to the trail markers, we we’re so relaxed. I must have asked 20 questions (vis email) before our trip and each one was answered with courtesy, timeliness and advise that was extremely helpful. Upon returning, many of our friends and saw our pictures and thought it looked fantastic. We’ve already recommended them to several of them and will definitely be booking with Hillwalk again. I can’t say enough good things.
Review by Morandeau Pruchno1 year ago
This was the first time I’ve done a self-guided walk with Hillwalk Tours but I certainly hope to do more. Having done a walk previously with a different tour company in Ireland, I was pretty clear on what I expected: good accommodation, smooth transfer of luggage, and clear walking notes with some cultural & historical information about what I would be seeing. Hillwalk did all that and more. They were very flexible and helpful when I decided to add a couple of extra nights along the Way so I could do more sightseeing, and quick to problem-solve when there was a slight mix up with the B&Bs.
I did the 7 day Gentle Kerry Way walk during the one week of rain in weeks, so often arrived wet and muddy at the B&B. The hosts were always kind and ready with a hot cup of tea. Many had a drying room for my clothes and no one complained about the dirty boots. The accommodation was superb. This was a great tour and I’m looking forward to the next one.
Review by Fads1 year ago
We just returned from our 3rd Hillwalk and we're already planning the next! You select the country, then which area of that country, how many days you'd like to hike, and how far you want to go each day (Gentle, Moderate, Challenging). The amazing team at Hillwalk Tours arranges your lodgings and provides you with great route notes, maps, and a personalized itinerary. Each day you only carry with you what you'll need, while your luggage is moved from one B&B to the next for you. The routes are well-marked and take you through a wide variety of terrain -- lush forests and rocky mountainsides, beaches and cow pastures, and more. Our first hike was The Western Way in Ireland, our second was The Rob Roy Way in Scotland, and we just got home from The Dingle Way in Ireland. You know well in advance what to expect, such as where you'll be staying and what amenities are available along the way (dining, ATMs, grocery stores, etc.). The B&Bs have always been en suite, which is a huge plus. Book early to get the best options available, and we suggest you have Hillwalk book an extra day at your first B&B if you're traveling from overseas -- you'll appreciate a full day of recovery before embarking on your hike. If you're looking for a hiking adventure that reveals beautiful scenery along the way but you also enjoy sitting in a pub and talking to locals before retiring to a hot shower and comfy room, this is the company for you!
Review by Rosme1 year ago
We did the five-day moderate walk on the Great Glen Way with our son and daughter-in-law at the end of May, starting from Glenmoriston. The information provided before the trip was detailed and comprehensive. The route instructions were also meticulously detailed, although the Great Glen Way is very well way marked. The real value was in the accommodations and luggage transfers - the bed and breakfast establishments were first-rate, and having our luggage transferred between locations was invaluable, as this was just one part of a two-week trip in Scotland and so we were not restricted to whatever we could carry on our backs. Also, a small community of Hillwalk hikers formed along the Way, as we saw each other on the trail and in the bed and breakfast establishments. We had ridiculously fabulous weather - sun/clouds, moderate temps, no rain - for the entire hike. Not sure that happens very often, although I believe that May is the driest month in Scotland, something to think about if you're planning a trip. Also, no midges! We had a great time, and we're thinking about another trip with Hillwalk, perhaps in Ireland or the Cotswolds. Thank you, Hillwalk Tours!
Review by Slaw Snuifje2 years ago
Hillwalk Tours did a great job for us! The instructions and directions were very detailed, and we never had a problem with our luggage being transported. We were guided through amazing scenery of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, and the owners of the B&Bs that Hillwalk Tours set up for us were all very nice and welcoming (and great food)! Hillwalk Tours made it very easy for us to enjoy our adventure!
Review by Phelion3 years ago
We enjoyed our recent 5-day Gentle walk and the beautiful Dingle area. The B & B's were wonderful, the hosts were very knowledgeable and helpful and the local towns and pubs were very colorful. The only suggestion is to note the "mountain paths" phrase in the description of Day 2. It was VERY true.
Review by Zoop Derrow3 years ago
Lovely experiences (we've walked with them 3 times!) I'd particularly recommend the Dingle walk, but all of our trips have had very nice accommodations and amazing scenery. The booking process is very easy and the luggage transfer is smooth and simple. The hosts have been kind and helpful. Hiking instructions are very easy to follow and the paths are well marked- lots of options for different fitness levels. Great company!
Review by TanCru3 years ago
Hillwalk Tours did a great job planning our hike along the Dingle Way in Ireland. I would recommend their services to anyone!
Review by LiaHegarty3 years ago
I cannot believe we never had rain once during our adventure. Hillwalk must have some very powerful good luck! Getting our trip arranged was easy and it was good to know where you were spending the next night after a day hiking. The WHW was beautiful, the views spectacular and the rocky terrain challenging. Be sure you have spent time on fist size rocky loose terrain preparing for the trip.
We loved staying at Bridge of Orchy, great food, accommodations people and views. Callart View was very nice with great hosts and plenty of breakfast. Our favorite B&B was Ardblair in Ft William. A delightful place at the end of the adventure.
I would recommend Hillwalk to anyone looking for a walking holiday. You meet great people on the trail and at days end. I have recommended Hillwalk to a friend already. Coming from the western US it is a commitment to hike and see new places and people and challenge yourself.
The walk along Hadrian's Wall may be in my future with Hillwalk.
Review by Jhosner Eastmann3 years ago
Hillwalk had great B&Bs set up, our bags were always there for us when we arrived, and it was overall an awesome trip. We would absolutely use Hillwalk tours for our next trip and recommend them to friends and family.
Review by LauraandDaniel3 years ago
We so enjoyed our walking experience in Ireland that we were disappointed when we were finished. All the information provided by Hillwalk was well organized and easy to follow. Our B&Bs were all clean and provided comfortable accommodation with friendly hosts. Of course, some were nicer than others as expected based on location and availability. Our luggage was moved daily as expected. All walks were well marked and well described by Hillwalk. We felt the pricing of the tour was appropriate.
Review by Vandensavel3 years ago
My wife and I did the easy 7 day Antrim Way walk in early September, and we had an awesome time! The weather was great (only got "misted" on one time). The B&Bs were all fantastic, and the people we met along the way were all very nice. We particularly enjoyed Rathlin Island, and the 2 days of walking from Carrick-A-Rede to the Giants Causway. The average distance traveled each day was about 8 miles, with the longest at 9 miles, and the shortest at about 6.5. For us, this was the perfect pace to truly enjoy ourselves and take plenty of pictures. The instructions from Hillwalk tours was very detailed and accurate, and it was easy to follow. We will definitely used Hillwalk Tours again when we tour Scotland!!
Review by Mageting Mohmmadsharif3 years ago
My husband and I had a wonderful holiday walking the cliffs of Dingle. The views were spectacular. I found the trails challenging and at times I would have line to have give up but I persevered and I am better for it. My only disappoinment was in myself that I hadn't trained hard enough. All In all a trip of a lifetime that I would do again in a heart beat.
Review by Binar4 years ago
Overall my wife & I had a great experience. Terrific B&Bs were included. We especially appreciated how smoothly the taxi/bag transfer drivers worked with the B&Bs. All those folks seem to know each other well and guided us walkers nicely.
I can't imagine how difficult it must be to put the guidebook pages together with such accuracy. Well done!
With the western Ireland walk you are often on rural paths with no one but the sheep and gorgeous views. We chose an 8 day gentle hike - with 6 days hiking - and that turned out to be about perfectly dialed in to our abilities.
Would we do it again? Absolutely!
What score would we give Hillwalk? 10 out of 10. Or maybe 9.5 as there's always room for improvement, right?
I'd have asked for more info about public transportation and car rental options at the beginning and end of the tour.
If a hike thru the best countryside at your own pace is what you're after I'd recommend this tour company.
Review by Marhefka4 years ago
And so it's here 22nd August 2015. All the training hiking & walks has been for this. We did Sierra to Santiago de Compostela in 2013 now we were on our own turf. Sunday morning start Glenmalure to Laragh 16K long steep climb along forest tracks to Borenacrow Saddle. Ouch it was raining misty & cold first 9/10K were pretty hard after that it was easy we did it & we did it good. After a quick phone call Ann the proprietor from Bramble Rock B&B picked us up bringing us to the most beautiful house in Laragh our rooms were as beautiful as the house & gardens we are to stay 2 nights here wonderful. Our cases had arrived earlier all good.
Review by RossAnn4 years ago
Although the first day was tough (26 km), my wife and I loved the scenery, and Hillwalk Tours chose excellent B&Bs for us. The people were all very friendly and showed genuine concern for us. Can't wait for the next walking tour! (Out of all the vacations I've taken, this walking tour was the best.)
Review by Bafford4 years ago
We had a wonderful time on the nine-day Western Way hike. The two days on Innismor in the Aran Islands are a must and a good break-in to the rest of the hikes. All day's walks were easily do-able leaving after a leisurely breakfast and arriving in time to get a Guinness before dinner. A few lovely side trips like climbing Crough Patrick. Accommodations were very comfortable and hosts friendly and accommodating. Guide books excellent and Ordinance maps much appreciated. We highly recommend the walk.
Review by Ajeesh Mannali4 years ago
Hillwalk Tours is a brilliant concept that has been carried through with great attention to detail. The tour afforded my husband and me the opportunity to do what we both love – hike all day – and have a lovely B&B at the end of the day, along with wonderful interactions in villages with locals, innkeepers, and other guests. Our luggage was transported from inn to inn and was always awaiting us when we arrived at our rooms. Hillwalk Tours does all the organizing: arranging luggage transport, making reservations at B&Bs, providing detailed route notes, suggesting places to eat, and sharing an overview of equipment they recommend hikers have with them on the trek. We read all the information provided prior to leaving home and then read each day’s information on accommodations, meals, and the trek itself the night before. We were well prepared with just the right balance of being informed about what we would encounter each day and being wide open to wherever the adventure would take us.
The staff members who work at Hillwalk are stellar. My communications with them were extremely positive, and I felt like we had a team of people to assist us if we had any difficulties or questions before, on, and even after our trek. I could not be more pleased with my experience with Hillwalk Tours and have highly recommended it to everyone I know interested in doing a walking tour in the UK.
Review by Healthcare4 years ago
For my first walking tour ever (West of Ireland, moderate hike), I was in excellent hands with Hillwalk Tours. Staff responded promptly and thoroughly to my questions before the trip. The route notes were so detailed I rarely had to use the topo maps also provided. Small things like the weather-proof map case were much appreciated. The hosts of the comfortable B&Bs were, to a person, warm, engaging and helpful. And each day's walk brought new sights and a deep appreciation of this beautiful land. Highly recommended!